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Posted: August 8, 2017 5:00 a.m.

Students attend summer leadership camp

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COVINGTON, Ga. - This summer 44 students from Newton County attended Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, on the banks of Lake Jackson.

Each summer, the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center hosts six weeks of SLC for high school and middle school students involved in chapters of Georgia’s FFA and FCCLA youth leadership programs. Teachers bring their students to the week-long camp, where they participate in leadership programming designed to build relationships, develop teamwork and leadership attributes and, most importantly, have a great time.

Activities include team and individual competitions, dances, the mega slide, the blob, swimming, ropes course, shooting sports, crafts, horseback riding, a muddy obstacle course and more.

This year’s theme for SLC was “SLC Unlimited.” Led by the idea that “you don’t get to decide how your story begins, but you do get to decide how it ends,” students were challenged to discover their unlimited future. This theme guided the programming for the week, including skits, challenges, and nightly reflections.  

Over the course of the six weeks of Summer Leadership Camp, the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center hosted more than 3,300 students, advisors, and guests. Driven by the purpose of investing in the lives of every camper that comes through the gate, the summer was full of fun, new experiences, and life-changing growth.                                                                                                

The students attending camp included:  Emalee Green, Allen Miller, Nolan Miller, Noah Malcolm, Logan Mask, Trace Larimer, Ava Jane Teasley, Kade Mitcham, Teddy Redcamp, Presley Bauer, Kelsey Cook,  Andrew Massey, Bree Sheedy, Jordan Lilly, Justin Stone, Andrew Smith, Jayden Kelly, Tyler Copeland, Sage Foster, Addison Malcom, Seth Pittman, Kaleb Lahr, Logan Williams, Elisha Graves, Scotty Ladner, Mason Garrett, Kiara Hill, Maddie Taylor, Madison Williams, Mason Hutchinson, Casey Calgani, Frankie Walden, Hannah Brumblow, Giselle Funes, Dominque Smith, Cameron McMilliam and Haley Cunningham

 “Summer Leadership Camp is a unique experience for students that is full of fun and memorable activities, but the ultimate goal is to provide the atmosphere for teachers and students to connect in such a way that teachers can better invest in their students year-round,” Russel Towns, camp manager, said. 

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, changed its name in 1988 to reflect the growth and diversity of agriculture. The Georgia Association has more than 41,000 members in 310 chapters, making it the third largest Association in the nation. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success, through agricultural education. 

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